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Re: Japanese contributions to Samsung

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"Smitka, Mike" <[log in to unmask]>

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For those interested in the early history of Datsun and Toyota (and the real first among domestics, Isuzu) see Michael Cusumano's 1985 book, The Japanese Automobile Industry. It's based on his history PhD at Harvard, for which he went through all of the old histories and scattered archival sources. The dominant "Japanese" firm was Ford, until the military shut down its operations in Yokohama just as it was breaking ground on a fully integrated production facility, designed to be Ford's export base for Asia. Until that point Isuzu survived off of military truck orders, Nissan off of the founder Ayukawa's ventures in Manchuria, and Toyota off of family money. From 1937 Ford and GM had ceased operations, and foreign exchange controls precluded imports. Only then did Nissan and Toyota start to make vehicles in any volume. Various Japanese trained by Ford and GM went on to play significant roles at Toyota, Nissan and the other domestics.

mike smitka
blogs on the auto industry (with David Ruggles) at:
http://autosandeconomics.blogspot.com
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